Snowmass history: Sleigh-mass |

Snowmass history: Sleigh-mass

A caption below the photos read, "Sleigh Ride Barbeque. A perfect way to end the day in Snowmass is a brisk ride by sleigh, drawn by a team of Belgian draft horses, to a secluded mountain cabin where you hosts from the Snowmass Stables greet you with a hearty barbeque and live Western entertainment. Other off-slope attractions in Snowmass include cross country skiing, dog sledding, guided snowshoe walks, hot air ballooning and professional repertory theater."
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“Snowmass is a horse-drawn world,” The Snowmass Villager wrote in February 1968. “The horse-drawn sleigh that ‘taxis’ people around West Village is a familiar sight here. And many vacationers and residents have gone on the evening sleigh ride that transports them to the Divide Cabin for a barbecue dinner and hot spiced wine … “(Cal) Call ‘grew up with horses’ on a ranch in Idaho and recently ran a pack station (for pack trips) at Mammoth Lakes, California under the name of Red’s Meadows Assn. For the time being, that also is the name of the operation here. The operation presently includes 10 horses, which are temporarily stabled at the picturesque Hoaglund Ranch buildings. But, Call said, a new stable will be built this summer near Melton Ranch. His company is buying 6.8 acres of land there and tentative plans include construction of a rodeo arena which would host horse shows and the staging of ‘future farmer’ events such as livestock judging … but, for now, the wintertime activities keep Call busy. Standard ski-joring races are held at the golf course, with the course set up by Recreation Director Heiko Kuhn on request.”

Between “taxi” rides through the village and daily rides from the village to the golf course, special events and evening rides to the Divide cabin with entertainment by Bob Cutting and Ann Rollins, the horses and Call were never sitting still for long.